WHO WE ARE

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Before “concierge” practices, before “executive” physicals, there were doctors. Jonathan Sheldon and Heather Sowell were two of them. Dr. Sheldon earned his MD from the University of Colorado in 1984, and Dr. Sowell earned hers from the University of Washington in 1991. Together, they worked in private practices and an HMO-owned clinic, and founded their own practice assisting other doctors during busy periods. As healthcare changed in the 1990s, giving more power to insurance companies and less to patients, Drs. Sheldon and Sowell had one of those insights that’s as simple as it is life-changing: we don’t need to work for insurance companies. We need to work for our patients.

The practice that resulted in 1998 was, from a management perspective, simplicity itself: patients paid for medical care; doctors provided it. After stepping away from bureaucracy-based medicine and dubbing the practice an “HMNo®,” it was clear Drs. Sheldon and Sowell had tapped into a longing among patients for a trusting, private relationship with a physician. Media coverage followed, including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The PBS Newshour, The CBS Early Show with Bryant Gumbel, and ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. The practice moved from Englewood, CO, to Denver in 2004 and evolved into The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health with the addition of two highly educated Registered Nurses, an in-house information technology manager, and a custom-designed office suite that maximizes convenience and security. Drs. Sheldon and Sowell continue to put patients first by maintaining a small patient-doctor ratio, emphasizing clear and consistent communication, and building their own network of specialists.

OUR DOCTORS

OUR DOCTORS

DR. JONATHAN SHELDON

QUALIFICATIONS: BA in anthropology with honors and MD, University of Colorado. Board Certified in Family Medicine with added qualification in geriatrics. Senior Clinical Faculty, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.

IN HIS WORDS: “By intervening in the patient-doctor relationship, the insurance industry has introduced a level of distraction to the practice of medicine that I find both disturbing and dangerous. Opting out of the system in 1998 was a big move, but just as I’d hoped, providing excellent care for 120 patients is much more gratifying than trying to keep up with several thousand.”

DR. JONATHAN SHELDON

QUALIFICATIONS: BA in anthropology with honors and MD, University of Colorado. Board Certified in Family Medicine with added qualification in geriatrics. Senior Clinical Faculty, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.

IN HIS WORDS: “By intervening in the patient-doctor relationship, the insurance industry has introduced a level of distraction to the practice of medicine that I find both disturbing and dangerous. Opting out of the system in 1998 was a big move, but just as I’d hoped, providing excellent care for 120 patients is much more gratifying than trying to keep up with several thousand.”

 

DR. HEATHER SOWELL

QUALIFICATIONS: BS cum laude in microbiology and MD, University of Washington. Board Certified in Family Medicine. Member, University of Colorado Hospital Ethics Committee.

IN HER WORDS: “Working with patients who have made the effort to seek out quality treatment is a dream come true. Even better, every member of this team cares as deeply about my patients as I do. Having designed our practice from the ground up, I can assure patients — and myself — that I am providing the best care I can.”

OUR REGISTERED NURSES

  • Shaneta Dye, RN
    Shaneta Dye, RN
Shaneta Dye, RN

“Having been a nurse in hospitals for 19 years, 13 of which I worked in Intensive Care Units, I am looking forward to a whole new world of patient care. I consider myself an advocate for patients and am greatly inspired by The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health’s focus on patient-centered care with an emphasis on wellness and prevention. This practice enables me to take patient advocacy to a whole new level! And, as someone who assisted in the implementation of new medical records systems at the hospital, I know enough about technology to recognize the Center’s commitment to security and ease of use when it comes to communicating with patients and specialists.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, Regis University, BS in Sports Medicine, Colorado State University.

  • Jessica Shelton, RN
    Jessica Shelton, RN
Jessica Shelton, RN

“I was drawn to Colorado for the scenery and the hiking. I started working in pediatric home care and exploring the mountains in my free time. Now that I’m at the Sheldon Sowell Center, I can experience what makes Colorado special at work as well. I particularly love the extra time I can spend with patients; that leads to better communication and better care.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Shaneta Dye, RN
    Shaneta Dye, RN
Shaneta Dye, RN

“Having been a nurse in hospitals for 19 years, 13 of which I worked in Intensive Care Units, I am looking forward to a whole new world of patient care. I consider myself an advocate for patients and am greatly inspired by The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health’s focus on patient-centered care with an emphasis on wellness and prevention. This practice enables me to take patient advocacy to a whole new level! And, as someone who assisted in the implementation of new medical records systems at the hospital, I know enough about technology to recognize the Center’s commitment to security and ease of use when it comes to communicating with patients and specialists.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, Regis University, BS in Sports Medicine, Colorado State University.

  • Jessica Shelton, RN
    Jessica Shelton, RN
Jessica Shelton, RN

“I was drawn to Colorado for the scenery and the hiking. I started working in pediatric home care and exploring the mountains in my free time. Now that I’m at the Sheldon Sowell Center, I can experience what makes Colorado special at work as well. I particularly love the extra time I can spend with patients; that leads to better communication and better care.”

Qualifications: Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Colorado. BS in Nursing, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Cincinnati, Ohio.

OUR STAFF

  • Ann Marie Johnson
    Ann Marie Johnson
Ann Marie Johnson

ann

Creative Director

“Part of my job is making a positive first impression on new patients, and that’s easy to do because I know I’ll be handing them over to the greatest medical team in Denver. But more importantly, my role is to ensure each patient’s experience is the best that it can be.”

Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Communication, University of Oklahoma. Previous experience includes marketing and design for consumer and business-to-business projects.

  • Sally Kopf
    Sally Kopf
Sally Kopf

sally

Front Office Coordinator

“Having worked for a few years in traditional medical offices, I am honored to be part of this exceptional medical team, free from the hassles of working with insurance companies. This allows us to focus all our energy on providing an unheard-of level of care for our patients, including a tremendous focus on healthy living, wellness and prevention. Dr. Sheldon and Dr. Sowell respect and value our patients and their busy lives. They truly care! It’s a pleasure to provide a welcoming, warm reception for our patients, without the traditional need for burying them in paperwork. As a result, we have happy and well-cared for patients.”

Qualifications: Over 20 years of experience and a degree in office administration.

  • John Hazelwood
    John Hazelwood
John Hazelwood

Sr Information Technology Specialist 

“It is almost completely unheard-of to have a full-time IT person to support a medical office as small as ours. But there are just so many ways that technology can make or break a practice. My job is to ensure that we’re always up-to-date, efficient, and secure. In fact, the software we use is as unique as we are: it is custom-designed by and for us to do exactly what we need it to. It helps us meet our primary goal: to serve our patients in a way that no other medical practice can.”

Qualifications: 20 years experience in Information Technology, Business and Digital Presence – University of Wyoming

  • Ann Marie Johnson
    Ann Marie Johnson
Ann Marie Johnson

ann

Creative Director

“Part of my job is making a positive first impression on new patients, and that’s easy to do because I know I’ll be handing them over to the greatest medical team in Denver. But more importantly, my role is to ensure each patient’s experience is the best that it can be.”

Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Communication, University of Oklahoma. Previous experience includes marketing and design for consumer and business-to-business projects.

  • Sally Kopf
    Sally Kopf
Sally Kopf

sally

Front Office Coordinator

“Having worked for a few years in traditional medical offices, I am honored to be part of this exceptional medical team, free from the hassles of working with insurance companies. This allows us to focus all our energy on providing an unheard-of level of care for our patients, including a tremendous focus on healthy living, wellness and prevention. Dr. Sheldon and Dr. Sowell respect and value our patients and their busy lives. They truly care! It’s a pleasure to provide a welcoming, warm reception for our patients, without the traditional need for burying them in paperwork. As a result, we have happy and well-cared for patients.”

Qualifications: Over 20 years of experience and a degree in office administration.

  • John Hazelwood
    John Hazelwood
John Hazelwood

Sr Information Technology Specialist 

“It is almost completely unheard-of to have a full-time IT person to support a medical office as small as ours. But there are just so many ways that technology can make or break a practice. My job is to ensure that we’re always up-to-date, efficient, and secure. In fact, the software we use is as unique as we are: it is custom-designed by and for us to do exactly what we need it to. It helps us meet our primary goal: to serve our patients in a way that no other medical practice can.”

Qualifications: 20 years experience in Information Technology, Business and Digital Presence – University of Wyoming

1780 South Bellaire Street #700
Denver, CO 80222


1780 South Bellaire Street #700
Denver, CO 80222